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Punky Brewster (TV Series 1984–1988) Poster

(1984–1988)

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When the Challenger shuttle, which had history teacher Christa McAuliffe on board, exploded the executives at NBC knew a lot of children would be devastated by her loss as the shuttle launch was shown in many schools. A script was immediately written in which the character of Punky had to come to terms with what the shuttle explosion meant.
Melissa Joan Hart was one who originally auditioned for the part of Punky Brewster.
The program-producing unit of the NBC network produced the first two seasons. When it was cancelled, the show was sold to Columbia Pictures Television for $60 million. Columbia produced the latter two seasons (though there is a one year interval between them) without NBC's involvement.
Because the show had many young viewers and was scheduled after football games which tended to run overtime, six fifteen-minute episodes were produced. This was done rather than joining a full-length episode in progress, because that would disappoint children watching the program, and showing it later tended to put them up at a time parents may have considered too late for their children.
Fred Gwynne was originally to play Henry but backed out when, in an audition for the role of Henry P. Warnimont, He was identified as Herman Munster, which was his role on The Munsters (1964).
'Cherie Johnson (I)' was the niece of the show's creator and producer, David W. Duclon, who named the character for her. Nevertheless, she auditioned for the role like everyone else and was picked by the network to play the role.
Punky's dog Sandy was named after then-NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff.
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During the whole run of the show, Henry's bedroom is not shown, the Johnsons' apartment is shown only once, and Margeaux's house is shown only once.
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During the second season, several of the interiors of the set were altered. The beige couch from the first season was replaced with a blue plaid couch. The bathroom and the hallway were altered, and the front door of Henry's apartment was changed as well.
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Then-NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff helped develop the show, naming Punky Brewster after a girl who he had a crush on in school.
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The episode "Fenster Hall" was a failed attempt to create a spin-off of "Punky Brewster". It was originally a one hour episode, but was cut into two shows for syndication.
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Although not officially an adaptation, Punky Brewster contains many story elements in common with the novel Silas Marner, in which a miserly old hermit whose only friend is an elderly woman adopts a precocious young girl who was abandoned by her parents.
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Henry's and Punky's phone number is 555-1566.
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In the episode The Perils of Punky (Part 1), the license plate on Henry's car reads P. POWER.
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Cherie Johnson's character, Cherie Johnson, was named after her. Susie Garrett was Cherrie Johnson's real life grandma.
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